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Extended Learning Program (ELP)


The application window for students currently in grades 1-7 is closed for the 2020-2021 school year.

The application window for students entering Kindergarten and Grade 1 in 2020-2021 is December 9, 2019 - January 24, 2020.

Applications are filled out online.

Assessments are administered at the Salt Lake City School District offices in March 2020. 

Eligibility results are mailed via U.S. Post in April 2020 to the address submitted on the online application. 

Please contact the ELP department at 801-578-8573 for any further questions.

Parents/guardians: Join us at a Parent Information Meeting to learn more about the Magnet Extended Learning Program -

Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Parents/guardians of current preschool and Kindergarten students

The meeting will be located at the District Office Building

440 E. 100 S., Conference Rooms 112-113.

Spanish translation services will be available.

If you need translation services in another language, please let us know two weeks in advance.

If you were unable to attend the previous Parent Information Meetings for students going into 2nd through 8th grades next year, you can access the PowerPoints in Resources (Documents) on this website.                                                                                                                                    

New this Year! 

Salt Lake City School District is pleased to administer the district-wide universal assessment screener in February 2020 for all current SLCSD Preschool (Pre-K4) and Kindergarten classes.

The purpose of this screener is to identify students for potential Magnet Extended Learning Program (ELP) assessment, with possible eligibility and placement. 


 Is your child a rapid learner who put thoughts together quickly?

Does your child have an excellent memory or an unusually large vocabulary?

Does your child have an advanced comprehension of word nuances, metaphors and abstract ideas?

If so, the district’s Extended Learning Program may be a good fit for your child. 

The Extended Learning Program provides academic services for identified gifted and high ability students who are found eligible for services through an assessment process.


Extended Learning Program services are provided to meet the needs of identified gifted/talented and high ability students. ELP services offer students the opportunity to engage in learning with greater depth, complexity, and rigor, through differentiated curriculum and instruction. ELP coursework is extended beyond the general education classroom and is more abstract and complex, giving students greater depth of understanding. Skill development with higher order thinking skills in both critical and creative thinking is an important part of the students' experiences. Certified teachers with a Gifted and Talented Endorsement teach ELP classes. The Extended Learning Program serves gifted/talented and high ability students in elementary and middle schools with two service models, Magnet ELP and Neighborhood ELP.


The Magnet Extended Learning Program (MELP) is a district administered program in which students are identified by national normed assessment measures. Eligibility is determined at the district level. 

  • Elementary Magnet ELP is a full day program at Emerson (1-6), Hawthorne (K-6), and Whittier (K-6) schools, taught by certified teachers who also have or are receiving a Gifted and Talented Education Endorsement.
    • Students are found eligible for Magnet ELP through an assessment process. Application dates and assessment dates will be posted on this website in September 2019. 
  • Middle School Magnet ELP serves students in four core subjects at Clayton, Hillside, and West High School. 
    • Students are found eligible for Middle School Magnet ELP through an assessment process. Application dates and assessment dates will be posted on this website in September 2019.


The Neighborhood Extended Learning Program (NELP) is in all Salt Lake City School District elementary and the following middle schools: Clayton, Glendale, Hillside, and Northwest.

  • In elementary schools, NELP is a pull-out program that serves students in grades 4-6 in their neighborhood elementary schools. Identification is in grade 4 at the beginning of the school year.
    • All students in grades 4 and new-to-district grades 5 and 6 are assessed at their neighborhood boundary school.
  • In middle schools, NELP serves students in up to four core subjects.
    • Students desiring a NELP placement at Clayton, Glendale, Hillside, or Northwest need to apply for the Magnet ELP assessment that is offered each fall. Application dates and assessment dates for the 2021-2022 school year will be posted on this website in September 2020.


The link to the Click here PDFs for Elementary and Secondary can be found on the USBE website here:




The Extended Learning Program supports the mission of Salt Lake City School District (SLCSD) to cultivate a love of learning in a diverse and inclusive school community, committed to educational excellence and integrity. In collaboration with families and community we hold high expectations for all students, respond effectively to individual needs, and provide a safe, healthy environment in which every student can learn the academic, problem-solving and social skills required for success in college, career, and life. The district has designed and implemented an Extended Learning Program to meet the cognitive and affective needs of identified gifted students. Through ELP, a continuum of program options provides a beneficial learning environment and curriculum designed to meet the needs of gifted/talented and high ability students.


Discovering Through Depth and Complexity

Depth: understanding a topic beyond surface knowledge. Depth encourages students to venture further, deeper, with greater elaboration, through quality of subject matter, rules and ethics, language, and patterns. It involves learning from:

  • Concrete to abstract
  • Familiar to unfamiliar
  • Known to unknown
  • Literal to symbolized

Complexity: understanding a topic with more abstract thinking. Complexity helps students make connections and identify relationships and associations between, within, and across subjects and disciplines. It focuses on:

  • Varying perspectives
  • Issues, problems, and themes
  • Conceptual learning




Michele Riggs
Michele Riggs Supervisor-Extended Learning

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